Investment Banker

This is my first online forum post so apologies but I want to be an Investment Banker. I want to work with colleagues to drive sales and work with clients in a challenging environment. I want to work at Goldman and Sachs, or Morgan Stanley

My questions are: 

1) How will I win clients such that banks such as Goldman and Sachs or Morgan Stanley will actively recruit ME rather than me actively recruiting THEM.

2) How do I improve my networking hit-rate. So far, since I'm from NYC, I have worn a suit and taken the train down to Wall Street. At Wall Street, I will either walk around the Raging Bull statue in Bowling Green to look for Investment Bankers, or I will go to fast casual restaurants to look for them. I do this because I am clever and know Investment Bankers are busy such that they only have time to go to fast restaurants, but not fast food since they are healthier. So I have been going to Chipotle and Sweetgreen and such. So far I have found and spoken to 3 investment bankers in such manners which is surprisingly low for Wall Street. Most of the well dressed people I approach work at insurance companies or the stockholder exchanges. The ones that I have spoken to have been kind but have not offered me a job or invited me into the office to meet the Investment Banker Team.

Comments (38)

Dec 8, 2021 - 2:07pm
I wanna B, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  1. Unless you are the top client's son else there's practically no way rot top firms to actively recruit you at the junior level
  1. I would advise against going to sweetgreen talk to bankers - yes they do go there for lunch, but usually they want to grab a quick bite and go back to their desks to work. I for one would not have the time to sit down for a 30 min unplanned convo when I'm at a sweetgreen line. If you do live close to wall street, look at the banks near there like GS/RBC, cold email analysts and associates, note that you live nearby and ask for scheduled coffee chats. You will have a much higher success rate and leave a better impression.
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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Dec 8, 2021 - 5:47pm

The way I see it however, is like pro sports or college sports, the coaches want to go after the top talent. As such, I want the Investment Bankers to go after ME instead of me going after THEM. Sometimes you have to turn thinking on its head. So how do I make friends with the top client's son? :) 

Feb 7, 2022 - 10:44am
NickJordan, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Glad to see you're interested in investing seriously. I too am into it and thanks to and their right approach to the situation, I have been able to succeed and not work for someone, but earn on my own by investing in different areas. Such as currency, cryptocurrency, and other things

Dec 8, 2021 - 2:30pm
Fast and Fiduciary, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think making use of your university's alumni and career resources is a better approach then trying to hunt down bankers while they're picking up lunch. Find bankers you may have mutual connections with through LinkedIn and reach out to them about your interests and ambitions. 

  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Dec 8, 2021 - 4:21pm

As an analyst you work in Excel and PowerPoint, you rarely work with clients and there is no sales involved. Also, very few banks are on Wall Street these days.

Look up networking guides on here. If you go to school in NYC the IB club or business school career center will have good resources.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Dec 8, 2021 - 5:50pm

If the Investment Banks are not on Wall Street (which is what this website is called, and what the media calls it and such), then where are they? Perhaps I will go wherever they are most located and print out many copies of my resume, then I will stand in the lobby and hand it out to Investment Bankers.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Dec 8, 2021 - 5:57pm

I am asking you sincerely for advice and mentorship and such. I want to become an Investment Banker at Goldman and Sachs. Where would you recommend to find Investment Banker mentors at? I have been going to lunch places such as Cava, Chipotle, Sweetgreen to some success and the Raging Bull statue obviously (I figured a lot of Investment Bankers would go to reminisce and admire the statue in their free time) but perhaps I should try the outside areas of Stockholder Exchanges or perhaps a fancy tailor such as Jos. A. Banks. 

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Dec 16, 2021 - 11:49pm

would highly recommend waiting in the bathroom of chipotle near wall street. Chipotle will make them use bathroom more frequently, therefore increasing your hit rate. For a faster convo, wait in the tall stall so you have a convo with a short king who overcompensates for his height and is more likely to spill the beans. For a longer, more meaningful conversation, wait in the stall and then pass a note written on the toilet paper via under the stalls. This is how the Warren buffet the CEO of Amazon got his first job.

Mar 31, 2022 - 11:58am
adm98, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I simply cannot believe that there are multiple, presumably smart (since in IB), people on here who are trying to give legit answers to this. This is possibly the most obvious shitpost I've seen on this site.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Apr 3, 2022 - 10:56pm

don't know if this is a troll or just some Indian national hoping to work on Wall Street

Apr 4, 2022 - 12:47am
WalnutBrain, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for making me laugh so hard my keyboard is covered in water and snot is hanging out of half my nose, that shit was HILARIOUS. I was thinking the exact same shit

Take my SB sir

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